9 New Faculty Members Join the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery

Published in NeuroLogic - Winter 2018

The Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery and have recently grown by nine new faculty members, expanding the volume, scope and expertise of these groups.

In July of 2017, Justin Caplan joined the faculty of the Department of Neurosurgery. Caplan specializes in the treatment of cerebrovascular disorders of the brain, head, neck and spine, such as aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, arteriovenous fistulas, Moyamoya disease, carotid artery stenosis and stroke. He is fellowship trained in cerebrovascular neurosurgery and endovascular neurosurgery, allowing him to offer patients the full spectrum of the latest surgical and endovascular techniques in treating these diseases. Caplan also focuses on treating acoustic neuromas and other tumors of the skull base, including meningiomas. Additionally, he offers minimally invasive treatments of Tarlov cysts.

Sheng-fu “Larry” Lo joined the Neurosurgery faculty in October 2017. A neurosurgeon specializing in primary and metastatic tumors of the spinal column, sacral tumors, spinal cord tumors, disorders of spinal alignment and degenerative spine disease, he focuses his research on understanding the biology and clinical outcomes of spinal tumors, and new surgical procedures and innovative technology to improve patient safety and spinal fusion. His research has received numerous awards including the Neurosurgery Chairman’s Award for Improving Patient Safety.

Seven faculty members have joined the Department of Neurology, including pediatric epilepsy specialist Christa Habela, cerebrovascular specialist Michelle Johansen; pediatric stroke specialist Lisa Sun; new director of the Johns Hopkins Headache Center Nauman Tariq; neurology researcher Leah Rubin; neurology data researcher Carlo Colantuoni; and vascular specialist Barney Stern